Candle Fragrance Categories

When it comes to candle fragrance, your imagination is the only limit. If you’ve thought of it, it’s probably a fragrance. I have selected some candle fragrance categories to get you thinking about what fragrances you like, and why.

Do you want your scented candles to remind you of grandma’s kitchen? Try . . . ~ gingerbread ~ hot chocolate ~ banana muffins ~ hot pancakes.

Perhaps you imagine yourself in a garden surrounded by colorful flowers. Like . . . Rose ~ Jasmine ~ Honeysuckle ~ Lilac.

Have a hard day at work? Surround yourself with fresh, relaxing spa-inspired smells like . . . Green Tea ~ Lavender ~ Sandalwood ~ Sage – these sound great, don’t they!

There are many other popular candle fragrance categories. Fragrances from the Orchard/Garden include apple, cherry, raspberry, peach.

Designer fragrances mimic some of your favorite cologne and bath products. Brown Sugar & Fig® (Bath and Body Works), LoveSpell® (Victoria Secret) are a couple. The word “type” in the name indicates that the fragrance is similar to the designer fragrance but not the actual fragrance.

Seasonal and holiday fragrances are popular in the winter and fall. But don’t forget about other seasons and special days – spring, summer, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day.

In the winter look for pine and evergreen scents, bayberry, candy cane, gingerbread, sugar cookie.

Autumn conjures up scents of apple harvest, pumpkin spice, fall leaves.

You might look to floral fragrances for spring and summer. And don’t forget chocolate and champagne for Valentine’s Day.

If you’d like to try candles for aromatherapy, consider fragrances like bergamot, rosemary, lavender, sandalwood, chamomile.

Scents of the earth include rain, moss, mountain air, spring breeze, ocean, green grass.

Some popular herbal fragrances are lemongrass, sage, ginger and basil.

There are literally hundreds of scents to choose from. Combining fragrances creates even more options. Like. . . Strawberries and Chocolate ~ Rose and Eucalyptus ~ Vanilla and Hazelnut ~ Rosemary and Bergamot.

If you’ve ever met someone who says they don’t like candles, chances are they just haven’t found their perfect scent yet. With hundreds of fragrances to choose from, eventually even the candle-haters will be hooked!

Also check out Zionsville for some great scented candles.


When you’re searching for that perfect fragrance – don’t let the name fool you. Some people want their candle to smell like something specific, apple, cranberry, orange blossom. What if the candle scent is orange blossom but it doesn’t smell like orange blossom when you take a whiff? You’ll be disappointed, right? On the other hand, if the scent is Wedding Bouquet, and you smell it and think ‘orange blossom’, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised. So go ahead and take a chance on Pink Ribbons and Lace.

Now that you’ve reviewed these candle fragrance categories, and are thinking about the candle scents that you love, read on for some tips to make sure the candle scent is exactly what you want. 

Leave a Reply